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life that naked lunch came out there was a ban about that. the city looks at free speech and expression, we're a beacon of light to other places around the country and sometimes there's weirdness about how we express ourselves but i think that is what is great about san francisco. i have something teed up that i was saving for before, for chris daly when he used the f word in the board chambers but i think this is more appropriate. catch-22. and think it expresses some of the absurdity of this that we have in the backdrop of world war ii where people are killing each other, the inconsequential nudity that is before the general is sh something that is quite meaningless over all.
>> why aren't you wearing clothes, captain? >> don't wanna. >> what do you mean you don't want to. why don't you want to? >> i don't know. i just don't wanna. >> why isn't he wearing clothes? >> he's talking to you. >> why isn't he wearing clothes, major? why isn't he wearing clothes, sergeant. >> the man was killed in his plane and bled all over him. his closes haven't come back from the -- where is his underwear. >> in the laundry, sir. >> that sounds like a lot of crap to me. >> it is a lot of crap, sir. >> sir, you have my word for it this man will be punished severely. >> what the hell do i care. if he wants to receive a medal without any clothes on, what the hell business is it of yours. >> my sentiments exactly, sir. >> here's your medal, captain. you're a very weird person.
>> president chiu: if i could remind members of the public that in the board chamber we do not express either support or us to move the proceedings along. supervisor avalos. >> supervisor avalos: so i cannot and will not bite this i just can't do it. i vote no. >> president chiu: supervisor mar. >> supervisor mar: thank you. i do understand supervisor wiener's efforts toágu address e concerns from residents and businesses in his district. i look at this issue as a parent. i do have some concerns of nudity around schools and around young children. but i really do appreciate the comments made by many in the audience of san francisco's uniqueness and our diverse culture but especially our
respect for personal freedoms. i also have concerns similar to supervisor campos' that this may be an issue that's about one neighborhood, and mostly about one plaza, and i really don't think we need citywide legislation, especially overbroad legislation to deal with an isolated what i would call an isolated community incident. and i think this legislation also, as supervisor olague said, is not good use of our time and i will be voting no on it as well. >> president chiu: is there further discussion? supervisor wiener. >> supervisor wiener: thank you. thank you arbitration colleagues, for your comments. i just want to make a few points. first of all -- and some of the points i've heard today are some that some of the opposite have raised as well. to suggest this is not important enough or worthy of our time i
did a little research and we could go back and i could probably find some resolutions and ordinances from pretty much every member of this body, that would -- that may fall into that category, that are not the most but that actually matter in a lot of people's lives. and so if the new rule is that this board can only take up matters that are somehow monumental, while i really would be interested in that discussion, our agendas would be much lighter, and but that would be a new way of doing business at the board of supervisors. and it would be different than probably the way we've operated where, as a board of supervisors, we're not the united states be senate. we are a local government entity, and we deal with the day-to-day challenges of a city,
and of neighborhoods. and some of those are monumental and some of thosegqjatç are very mundane. and as a district supervisor, you can only imagine if i, or any of us were saying i'm having trouble getting this pothole filled in front of my house, can you please help me. and if you responded and said well let's see, if i have to fix muni and get all the help for all the mentally ill people in our city and close the achievement gap and help all the small businesses that are struggling in this city, do all of those things, and then when i'm done, i'll get to your pothole to be filled. i have a feeling your constituent probably wouldn't respond very positively to that. the fact is that we deal with a whole gamut of issues at this board,>(( úñ large to small, and the large are not to the exclusion of the small. the fact is that this is a real issue. and i think, colleagues, you'll know that you can love or hate
the legislation i proposed, but i work on a lot of different issues, large and small,k$%($$ao all of you. i want to respond to supervisor campos' suggestions this is somehow going to undermine the enforcement against gangs. i don't agree with that at all. the fact is that our police deal with a lot of crimes that are not violent crimes, whether it's auto thefts or trespassing or all sorts of different -- or shoplifting, all sorts of different crimes that are not violent. if we're going to say the police cannot or should not enforce those laws because we have violence going on, i don't think that most people would agree with that. of course violence always needs to be top priority and i can tell supervisor campos how many times, in the castro, or in noe valley, we hear from mission station, listen, we have to deal with the violence in the mission, and that's top priority. and my constituents understand
that, and they respect that, and i've never heard any of them push back against that. everyone knows dealing with violent crime is a top priority but that doesn't mean you can't deal with something because you want police to deal with violent crime. before the introduction of this legislation, like i said this is legislation, like i said this is going on'l people who the minute it started and we weighe waited two years. we tried to resolve this. it was not going to be resolved or moved forward. finally i want to address the issue of free expression. and we are a city of free expression, and it's very important to me and i know to all of us. i don't agree that having yellow your peenis at a busy street
corner as people go by. i don't agree with that comparison. free expression in the abstract is really nice until, if you call this free expression, until it comes to yourumnngvz neighbo. and i wonder what would happen if the naked guys started hanging out in the richmond or 24th and folsom or down near balboa park. response would be. and i guarantee you people would not have waited as long as we waited in the castro to do something about it. so, colleagues, i understand and respect all of your comments. truly arguments against this legislation on the merits. and, colleagues, i ask for your support. >> supervisor campos: president chiu.
>> president chiu: thank you. first of all, i want to thank all the folks in this room who have engaged in this conversation in recent months. and i do want to state that i appreciate the arguments raised by the-#( gí opponents. i had opportunity to sit down with some of the leaders to this that reasonable folks can choose to disagree on this issue. i will say that i don't see necessarily a middle ground on this issue, just given what i have heard from those conversations. and i think we have a situation here, colleagues, where we have a colleague who represents a neighborhood and a district that has a situation, and he has attempted to move forward a more modest set of measures to address the situation, but we are where we are today. say, colleagues that many of us are probably quietly relieved that this is not a situation that we've had to deal with in our own neighborhood.
now as someone who has wondered if there were ways to limit this, let me say a couple of things to that. i think the suggestion in a the exceptions in this measure somehow are not a positive part of this legislation, i think that's not necessarily a position i would support. exceptions for certain types of events, where i think we all do think that it might be appropriate for public nudity to occur. that being said, i know there are also some suggestions about whether this legislation ought to be narrowly defined around a district, where we all know what would likely happen if that were the case. and i will tell you that i did hear from many of my constituents that knew that this is a situation in the castro, but did ask me to support this legislation because they do not particularly appropriate in our tors neighborhoods, in
fisherman's wharf, in the heart of my district, in chinatown, in -- neighborhood and family oriented districts, in nob hill so for those reasons i will be supporting this legislation. i think that the discussion has been a very good one. and i do not think that this7y%ç legislation will somehow end the spirit that we all love about our city and what is special about our city. but i do think that this is an appropriate measure. and to address the suggestion that somehow this is a more trivial concern i agree with supervisor wiener, we consider thousands of measures every year and some of them deal with very profound circumstances facing our city. others deal with the potholes. and what's happening on the street corner, and what we're hearing from our parents. us to address those issues large and small and again that is why i will be supporting this
measure. >> supervisor campos: thank you. supervisor olague. >> supervisor olague: i'm just going to mention that i receive e-mails all the time with people that are upset that there are homeless people in the neighborhood. i probably get more e-mails protesting that than just about anything and i would be the last person to ever legislate banning homeless people from certain parts of the city. so
and so i'm still trying to understand what is so unique and so different about what's happened that we need this now, even though for all these decades that has not been the case. and the second point is i want to be very clear. i don't know that anyone is saying taking care of the little things that happen in a neighborhood are not important. those things are what make the life of a neighborhood work. the pothole is as important as any piece of legislation because it is critical to the daily life of that individual. but what we are saying is that
if i have a pothole in my neighborhood, i am not going to come to the board of supervisors, and pass citywide legislation to address it. the question is whether or not this legislation, this citywide ban, is the best way to deal with this serious situation. some of us question whether or not it is. and so that's the difference. but to say that somehow that means that we don't care about the nuts and bolts of what happens in a neighborhood, that is not the case. it's simply how you address it. >> president chiu: colleagues, any further discussion? madam clerk, please call the roll. >> clerk calvillo: on item 32 as amended, supervisor avalos, no. supervisor campos, no. president chiu, aye. supervisor chu, aye. supervisor cohen, aye. supervisor elsbernd, aye. supervisor farrell, aye. supervisor kim, no. supervisor mar, no. supervisor olague, no.
supervisor wiener, aye. there are six ayes and five nos. >> president chiu: this ordinance is passed on the first reading. afternoon. welcome back to the san francisco board of supervisors meeting of tuesday, november 20, 2012. can we have order in the chambers please. thank you. madam clerk, let's go to item 33. >> clerk calvillo: item 33, an ordinance amending the administrative code to extend the sunset date of the public utilities revenue bond oversight supervisor farrell.
>> supervisor farrell: thank you. colleagues, this is an ordinance extending the puc aback t 2016. and i wanted to -- i have circulated previously an amendment to this, a non-substantive amendment ensuring that there is no gap in coverage of the rback between january and the new effective date of this legislation. so i ask that we adopt the amendment and would ask for your support in adopting this ordinance. thank you. >> president chiu: supervisor farrell made a motion to that, seconded by supervisor chu. any objection? without objection the amendment passes. on the underlying ordinances as amended, roll call. >> clerk calvillo: on item 33 as amended, supervisor avalos, aye. supervisor campos, aye. president chiu, aye. supervisor chu. aye, supervisor cohen, aye. supervisor elsbernd, aye.
supervisor farrell, aye. supervisor kim, aye. supervisor mar, aye. supervisor olague, aye. supervisor wiener, aye. there are 11 ayes. >> president chiu: the ordinance is passed on first read. colleagues why don't we take up our 4 pm special order which should take one minute. should take one minute. would you callv3 hearing of persons interested in the department of public works dated august 9, 2012 approving a parcel map converted through 1101 through 03 dolores street. item 35, item 36 is a motion disapproving the department of public works decision and item 37 is a motion directing the clerki!( ÷1 to prepare finding. >> president chiu: let me recognize the district 8 supervisor in whose( d district this appeal is occurring.
supervisor wiener. >> supervisor wiener: thank you. the appellants have withdrawn their appeal so i move to table items 34 through 37. >> supervisor chiu: supervisor wiener has stated that the appeal has been withdrawn and he's making a motion to move forward items 35 and table 36. >> supervisor wiener: one moment. >> supervisor wiener: so, mr. president, my apologies. we would technically then be affirming the tentative parcel map. so i would make a motion, subject to public comment, to move item 35, and to table items
36 and 37, and thereby affirm the grant of the. = tentative parcel map. >> president chiu: supervisor wiener's made a motion as he's described. seconded by supervisor chu. is there any public comment on these items related to this tentative parcel map appeal? seeing none, public comment is closed. on the motion to approve the tentative parcel map and table the remaining items, his can we do that same house same call? without objection the motion passes. why don't we go to 3:30 special commendations. i think our first will be offered by supervisor kim. >> supervisor kim:qjp(p thank y, president chiu. actually i was -- to the commendations so we could let our awardees know. but i did want to invite our housing inspection division of the department of public inspection to come up here. and they are here.
you can applaud in advance. it's okay. it's a great thing to recognize, regardless of the specific issue that is today, but here at the board i just want to take a moment to recognize the incredible work that this team does here in our city. butt]( r÷ specifically in the tenderloin neighborhood, which i represent, over the last three years housing inspection division of dbi have worked on a total of 24 cases regarding substandard living conditions at 245 leavenworth and apartment building whose residents have been forced to endure serious housing and health safety code violations. the tenants there had no heat, they experienced water damage, sewage leaks, rusted through stairs, electrical hazard, infestation, a broken elevator, problem floors, doors, windows, stoves, sinks, bath toilets,
showers and aharm systems. the housing division cited 423 violations of the san francisco housing code in this one building and issued 20 notices of vielsz, 14 orders of abatement on the title of the property and fined the owners 42,800. this department took a leadership role by referring, supporting, and financing the litigation through the city attorney's office against the property owner which finally resulted in a settlement of $135,000 in civil penalties. and we also know that similarly that a similar instance like this happened also in district 10 and supervisor molina cohen's district as well. i think many of us came into the work of public service to fulfill the government's mission in areas like this, to ensure that we are really protecting, defending our most vulnerable residents, and helping property owners to follow the law. and so this particular case of
september 12 of this year, all the violations have been corrected and the building has been restored to a livable state for 48 families that reside on this property. so i want to take this time and acknowledge the members of our city family that actually make this happen. we can legislate law. we can talk about building code. but there are people that actually go out there and make that law reality for the residents here in san francisco. so i want to thank rosemary, james, james, david, and allen davidson. we want to recognize you today for your outstanding work protecting the basic living conditions of 48 san francisco families living at 245 leavenworth over the last three years. thank you for your leadership in abating 423 housing code+nc'p violations and restoring the building to a livable state for the residents. the board of supervisors extend its highest commendation and appreciation. thank you very much.
>> supervisor, thank you very much for taking the time to thank the staff individually. frequently departments, in trying to get press releases out to give the public and the press core information on these types of efforts don't always have the opportunity to thank the specific efforts of the staff so i have a heart felt thanks to my inspectorses to david, to allen, jamie and others that have helped get this job done. also we couldn't get this done without the support of director huey and our commission, because as a few supportive department able to refer and finance these types of efforts. and i want to thank you, supervisor kim, for your leadership and the rest of the board. when we come to you every year
for our cost recovery so that we can extend these code enforcements efforts, we really appreciate that support so that we can continue to preserve that precious housing stock that we have so that it's affordable,sjñ safe, and functional. thank you. >> i want to say that, in following the last hearing, it was -- they were a bit jittery about not wearing a tie. so if they -- james, why don't you come up and say something. and then david. >> basically, i mean i wasn't really expecting this at all. i do this because it's a passion. i just feel that if you pay rent, you should have a habitable space to live in. when you see these condition jb. it's just my job to make sure they do what a landlord should be doing. and i just wanted to also emphasize that really, there's a lot of good landlords out there,
and these particular ones that make these other landlords look bad, it's just good to get on them and make sure they do what they have to do and what they should do. nobody should go into your basically practically robbed just because there were drug dealers or whatever at your doorstep. and that was the condition in i just like doing my job and it's just my job. you for recognizing this. it's just my job. i enjoy it. thank you. >> i also want to take the time recommendation and commendation. but i also really want to say thanks to our clerical staff. i don't think they get enough recognition. they do a grunt of a lot of our work. i just want to say thank you and we'll be out there enforcing the code.
>> david is a bit shy, but he also is the housing inspector that's assigned to city attorney task force cases so he does a lot of detailed work. another thing i would be remiss in not acknowledging that this is a collaboration with other city agencies as well. so yvonne mara and deputy city attorney jerry -- work closely with us and we commend their efforts on this as well. thank you, supervisors. supervisors, thank you. p.( #e
>> president chiu: thank you to our dbi staff. why don't we go to our next commendation which will be provided by our district 5 colleague, supervisor olague!qj. >> supervisor olague: i didn't -- i have another month here so i didn't want to leave without acknowledging some of the folks that play a critical folks who live in public housing. most of these people, they work really hard, and some of them work outside of their job, donate their resources, and it's just pretty amazing, the level of commitment many of these individuals have to others.
and i just wanted to make sure that members of the public also this society where sometimes it's easy to become kin cal there are still -- cynical there are people who give of themselves just out of the kindness of theirigihae heart, . and it pretty amazing. so today i'm taking the opportunity to recognize a team of people that have worked very diligently to improve the conditions of public housing. i think it is incredibly important to recognize those that fly under the radar, but do extraordinary work to serve the public. i would like to ask housing authority staff, and i'm glad you guys are up here now, marshall,v,'(⌞ç philip, pamela,d will staff person leland, and newly elected plaza east tenant association martha.
over the past several months, i have worked closely with staff and residents of the housing authority sites that quee that e have in district 5, whether programming community spaces, or connecting folks to mental health services, the group here today has gone above and beyond to be community builders for the residents of public housing. most recently the staff teamed with good will to get residents involved in the intensive job readiness program and 75% of the participants are public housing residents, with over half of the class coming from robert pitts, which is a development in district 5. these numbers arer ñ incredibld show how hard folks are working to empower public housing residents and move them forward to financial stability and economic success. i'm going to read just a little bit about each of you, and then if you can all make a comment just about who you are, or what